Costumes of the Gilded Age
- White Star Line booking clerk to Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, 1912
To commemorate the Titanic's first and only voyage, we invite you back to April 1912 and take you on an evocative journey into Edwardian society.
We follow the story of famous dress designer Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon - known in Society as 'Lucile' - to follow events of the fatal night.
Our unique presentation of historical costumes, documents and survivor testimonies offers a fascinating glimpse into life on board Titanic... and the aftermath of the tragedy.
This will truly be an event to remember.
|Lucy: 1912 was a significant year. Barnsley FC won the FA cup, my maternal Grandmother was born and, of course RMS Titanic sailed and sank.
Our aim in creating this talk was to present a respectful and reflective commemoration of a tragedy that has never failed to capture the public imagination. We'll also be showing just how significantly clothes highlight status in Edwardian society - a status that is chillingly reflected in survival rates of different classes onboard the ship.
The beautiful gowns and lingerie show just how sumptuous life could be for the favoured few in first class. We also have clothing suitable for 2nd and 3rd class travel. Original garments surviving from any century offer a poignant reminder that sometimes even the most ephemeral objects can outlast us. In the case of Titanic, the only items left of many of those who perished are the pairs of shoes and boots littering the ocean floor around the wreck.
"We can't wait until our Titanic talk in the Spring! We just know it will be every bit as enchanting as all of our previous sessions with you!"
"Just to say how fabulous I thought your presentation on the Titanic was. You covered everything – the boat, the facilities, the passengers and the events of that fateful night – but you did so in a really engaging way. I knew I would cry – and my eyes did fill up a couple of times – but I did not expect to laugh too."
"Just a note to thank yourself and Merry for the wonderful performance you gave at our Charter Evening. I have had nothing but compliments about the performance."
"A fascinating and enthralling presentation which had us spellbound from start to finish, delivered with personality and humour even though the subject matter is tragic. I loved the mixture of fashion, fact and actual quotation and readings. You girls were enchanting and I have to say you have a striking resemblance to Emma Thompson!"